Chapter length was fine, I actually did the reading right on schedule. But taking notes continues to be a challenge, so I always end up having to read twice Once just reading and getting into the story and once for analysis. I didn't get around to the second reading last week, so I'll just comment on the thoughts posted here so I'm on schedule again.
I didn't know this was meant to be the last book either. Maybe Eoin intentionally left it vague? By both mention his age and that he'll live longer, he leaves open the option for Butler to be fit and participate in a next book after all.
True. If I had a friend with magical powers, I'd probably be very tempted to ask their help for every emergency too. But, after realizing nothing can be so convenient without a price, his reaction should change anyway.
Interesting topic that definitely sparks some discussion! I don't think Artemis Jr. changed because of magic. He has shown to have a bit of a conscious from the start and having role models and friends allow that to grow.Battery wrote: ↑Mon 20th Jul 2020I personally think Artemis is wrong about this one. Like artymon said, there's no other evidence of anyone changing their whole personality based on magic. I get the impression that Artemis has such an entrenched idea of who his father is that nothing worldly could possibly change that, when in truth his father had just been through a year of horrible conditions brought upon him directly because of the kind of person he was. Angeline tells him that this is the way Artemis Sr. used to be, maybe going through so much trauma reminded him of what's important.AFrules12 wrote: ↑Mon 20th Jul 2020I really like this theory! I believe meeting the fairies led to his change but always thought of it as Holly and co encouraging him to be a better person. The idea of being exposed to their magic having a part to play is really interesting, I think it is definitely possible!artymon I\/ wrote: ↑Sun 19th Jul 2020A fairly common concept for magic in media is that it comes with a price, usually in a spiritual sense. Here, the theory is that the magic inspires a positivity. Based off this, do you think Artemis's eventual turn from Dark to Light was inspired or caused by his various encounters with fairy magic? Being healed and even wielding it?
So I don't think Artemis Jr.'s change was because of magic, either - at least not in a literal sense. Metaphorically speaking, I suppose it definitely was fairy magic that brought him around. Meaning, I do think it was mostly because of Holly's encouragement and example
For Artemis Sr, however, I think Artemis might have a point in fairy magic having played a part. I don't think they'd magically cure somone's bad personality, but we've seen here that magic can restore mental illnesses (as shown with Artemis' mother). We've also seen that magic can do slightly more than heal the injury or disease itself (shown in this chapter by the increased lifespan). And I think with Artemis' mother, somewhere it was written that because of the time stop, the remaining magic would make anyone in that spot feel a little extra cheery? Artemis Sr. had been through a coma and some pretty horrible conditions, as Battery pointed out. What if there had been brain damage or mental trauma and the healing did slightly more than just restore that, causing him to regress to a personality he had years before? Makes one wonder if fairy magic could cure diseases like dementia.